RYA Intermediate Course - £350

Okay, you may have done your Powerboat Level 2 or might already be quite proficient at handling a powerboat on the sea so why would you even think about get you RYA Powerboat Intermediate qualification?
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The RYA’s Intermediate Powerboat course - ICC, is the perfect springboard to give you that know-how and confidence out at sea.

Boatability run the RYA Powerboat Intermediate Course  from Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth and it takes 2 days to complete; starting at 9am through to approximately 5pm daily. The maximum Student:instructor Ratio permitted is 3:1 per boat; all courses are delivered in English. The age limit for this course is 16 years up and covers the following:
Intermediate Powerboat training


  • Latitude and Longitude 
  • The principles of GPS 
  • Sources of forecast information and the interpretation of forecasts 

Has Knowledge of:

  • Navigation 
  • True and magnetic bearings 
  • Bearing and distance 
  • Chart symbols 
  • Tidal diamonds and tidal streams 
  • Use of pilot books 
  • Position lines 
  • Use of marina locks 


  • Boat Preparation 
  • Boat Handling 
  • Pilotage 
  • Passage Making 
  • Man Overboard 
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To help with the learning process we also have a specially prepared diesel RIB fitted with High Definition Radar, AIS and the latest in touch screen plotters

After the RYA Powerboat Intermediate Training you will be able to:

  • Use a plotting instrument and plot a course 
  • Work out tidal heights for standard ports 
  • Interpret Lateral, Cardinal Buoyage & Special Buoyage Systems (IALA) 
  • Implement IRPCS, in particular the following rules, 5,7,8,9,13-17,23 
  • Use GPS way-point navigation and determine Cross Track Error (XTE), Speed Over Ground (SOG), Course Over Ground (COG), Bearing to way-point (BTW), Distance to Way-point (DTW) 
  • Use a laminated chart afloat 
  • Use Pilotage to enter an unfamiliar port 
  • Explain how to make a VHF emergency call 
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Why do your RYA Intermediate Powerboat Training with Boatability

Okay, you may have done your Powerboat Level 2 or might already be quite proficient at handling a powerboat on the sea so why would you even think about getting another qualification?

As some people will know, amazing as it may sound there is still no legal requirement for anyone to hold a formal qualification for them to drive a powerboat up to 24mts/80GT, and go where they want here in the UK!

But say you were wanting to do a coastal trip, e.g. just a relatively short passage say from Portsmouth to Cowes and it got a bit bumpy, or the weather took an unexpected turn, the fog came in, or the trip took longer than anticipated and the night started drawing in…. Would you feel confident that you could handle the situation and keep you and your family safe and calm?

The RYA’s Intermediate Powerboat course, which also acts as a natural pathway to the Advanced Powerboat qualification, is the perfect springboard to give you that know-how and confidence out at sea. However, even with these type of courses readily available, sadly trial and error still seems to be the most common way for people to learn...

In an attempt to overcome this some people may opt to have a more experienced, although not necessarily qualified, colleague onboard when going further afield for the first time, while others may class themselves to be ok, well until it goes wrong... We have all heard the anecdotes, often recounted as funny stories, of people having just got away with it, especially when an unexpected situation arose.

Surely wouldn't’t it be better to be able to go further afield without the need to having to take someone with you or follow someone who has been there before? As we know trial and error inevitably means mistakes and if those mistakes create a situation that has been a bit unpleasant or uncomfortable for yourself or family you won’t want to repeat it again in a hurry!
With a bit more knowledge of planning and pilotage in those coastal areas, normally left for the more experienced skipper, would become much more accessible. This is exactly what the RYA intermediate course was developed for, not only will it give you the skills to go further afield but more importantly confidence out on the water too!

The RYA Intermediate Powerboat course takes two days to complete and covers the practical use of pilotage and passage planning by day on coastal waters, using both traditional and electronic navigational techniques. It also tackles more advanced boat handling, such as wave management and tidal effect.

There is no pre-requisite training required to be able to attend this course, however Boat handling to the standard of Level 2 with a coastal endorsement is recommended, the RYA also recommend that candidates hold a first aid certificate and a VHF/SRC operator’s certificate.
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Leisure and RYA Training Course we offer

  • RYA Powerboat

    Boat Licence - The International Certificate of Competence, ICC, Boat License & CEVNI
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    RYA Powerboat Level 1

    A one day course that is introductory level to Powerboating - This is suitable for Children.
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    RYA Powerboat Level 2

    Designed for people wanting to acquire safe small boat operation skills during daylight hours on both coastal and inland waters.
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    RYA Intermediate Powerboat

    Pilotage, passage planning, and advanced boat handling in daylight hours on coastal waters, using both traditional and electronic navigation methods.
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  • RYA Advanced Powerboat

    Advanced standards required to drive a powerboat safely by day and by night, in tidal coastal waters with which the candidate can be familiar with.
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    Boat Licence

    The ICC - referred to as your "boat licence," is a crucial certificate to acquire before venturing to the European mainland.
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    ICC Powerboat Under 10m

    Power Boat License for Boats Under 10 Metres Including Jetskis/PWC's
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    ICC Powerboat Over 10m

    Using a boat over 10m in length, especially abroad, you will likely need the Power Over 10 Metre  (ICC).
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  • PWC (Jetski) - Personal Water Craft

    A 1 day PWC course consists of classroom theory and water-based practical tuition.
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    Shore Based Courses

    Includes VHF Radio operation, enhanced navigation, casualty care, or personalised one-on-one instruction.
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    VHF Radio

    This is legal requirement for anyone who operates a VHF radio at sea or on the shore.
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    RYA First Aid

    The RYA First Aid course is predominately aimed at the maritime sector.
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  • RYA Sea Survival

    RYA Sea Survival Training is recognised in industry and is essential for anyone travelling on the sea.
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    RYA Tender Operator

    The 2-day RYA Tender Operator Course enhances a candidate's powerboating skills and expertise.
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    Sailing Courses

    These courses are suitable for those with little or no experience, who prefer sailing to powerboating.
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